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Kalya Ramu has a diverse resume in rock and blues but on Living in a Dream, the Toronto singer shows her jazz side. Read more

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In “My Hometown Milwaukee,” jazzman Jerry Grillo celebrates Brew City. Read more

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Wes Montgomery helped define jazz guitar as we still know it today, and on these early recordings his silver-toned mastery of electric guitar is prevalent as he interprets a set of mostly contemporary compositions. Read more

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On the Mark Dresser Seven’s second album, the jazz combo makes ambitious music, melodic yet cacophonous, displaying instrumental agility in compositions inspired by Charles Mingus and Arthur Blythe. Read more

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As Grammy-winning jazz orchestra leader Maria Schneider brought her native Minnesota landscape to Gil Evans’ orchestral impressionism, to stunning effect, Madison trumpeter and composer Paul Dietrich comparably evokes Wisconsin vistas on Forward. Read more

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With its African influences, the OGJB Quartet’s Bamako should appeal to devotees of jazz saxophonist and inspired improviser Oliver Lake’s earlier ensemble, the World Saxophone Quartet. Read more

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Ahead of her final tour, the 88-year-old Buena Vista Social Club singer reflects on a life in music. Read more

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This Could Be the One showcases jazz vocalist Karin Plato’s warm, sunny voice on a set of mostly original numbers, the best of them worthy of consideration for the jazz-singer canon. Read more

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The esteemed saxophonist anchored a night of musical invention at the Pabst Theater. Read more

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One of Van Morrison’s best latter-day albums, The Healing Game (1997), has been reissued as a three-CD set, with Morrison’s poetic sensibility evident throughout. Read more

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On Global, saxophonist Godwin Louis places vibrant melodies and African-derived rhythms in a context drawing from 1960s jazz. Read more

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Recalling funky, electric-period Miles Davis, Russ Johnson’s Headlands offers segues rather than track pauses, and the voyage befits the nationally renowned Milwaukee trumpeter’s natural realm along jazz’s outer reaches. Read more

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The influential alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist and flautist Eric Dolphy’s music remains remarkable and relatively timeless, soulful and spontaneous with an elastically rhythmic snap. Read more

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Internal Combustion by the Montreal Quartet Lawful Citizen is a set of compositions related to the spark and vroom of motor vehicles, including motorcycles. You could call it jazz for Harley dealerships. Read more

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Working in the comedy jazz lounge style of Dave Frishberg, Sam Broverman has recorded an insider’s spoof of outsider’s cultural norms. Read more

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If you’re looking for something a little different than the usual “holiday season” offerings, consider a concert by The OK Factor, a genre-bending instrumental duo whose music is a happy medium between folk and classical string playing. Read more

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With Random Dances and (A)tonalities, clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron duets with Cuban-born pianist Aruán Ortiz on thorny explorations that suggest inspired moments at the jazz club long after closing time. Read more

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Ethan Ardelli has drummed on several award-winning jazz albums but steps out into the light as bandleader on The Island of Form. Read more

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The inspired and powerful recordings by the Charles Mingus Quintet on Jazz in Detroit document a weeklong residency collecting live radio broadcasts made in a workshop setting. Read more

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Photo Credit: Sam Neufeld

A backbone of Milwaukee’s jazz scene, Devin Drobka flaunts his love of improvisation on his long-in-the-making new album. Read more

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